We started the teachers' in-service yesterday, preparing our faculty and staff for the return of our students on August 13th for the new academic year (we begin early, but we end early, too!). We have over fifty people as faculty and support staff for the school, all very talented people, dedicated to the Catholic faith. Most of them have been with us for some time, others are new to us this year. But all of them are real troopers, going through everything from discipline policies, preparation of lesson plans, helpful communication with parents, schedules, students’ comportment at Mass, the list goes on and on. Lots of notes are being taken, new friendships are being forged, final touches are being put on classrooms.
Each day of the in-service begins, of course, with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You should hear this crowd sing! In fact, the members of our music faculty commented that we need to form a “Faculty Schola,” they’re so good! Tomorrow is a retreat day for the whole staff. There’ll be Mass, confessions, spiritual talks from the clergy, time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and all ending with Solemn Evensong and Benediction. This is probably the most important day of the in-service, a reminder to each one of us that our Catholic faith is the most important tool we have in forming the spiritual, intellectual and physical lives of our students. In less than two weeks they’ll be here. First-time students and their somewhat-nervous parents will begin to blend with the seasoned families who have been here for years, and we’ll begin another school year. Pray, please, for all of us in this important apostolate.